An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Investing both time and money in preventative maintenance of your home’s plumbing and heating systems is a smart idea. Your mechanical systems work hard to keep your home running efficiently, safely and comfortably. Without regular maintenance, these systems can start to become inefficient and can break down prematurely, costing you more money in repairs and shortening their lifespan.
Why preventative maintenance on your hot water heater is so important.
Preventative maintenance is especially important for your hot water heater. You probably don’t give that big white tank much thought, until something goes wrong. It’s an important part of your home and you use it every day.
Avoid catastrophic failures: When a traditional tank-style hot water heater kicks the bucket, it usually does so with a massive flood in your utility room. Over time, sediments from your water build-up and settle on the bottom of your tank and need to be flushed regularly. If they are not, the minerals and chemicals in the sediment can cause premature rusting or corrosion inside the tank. Sometimes they cause little pinhole leaks, so you can detect the problem sooner than later. Other times, the entire bottom of the tank drops out and you have a flood in the basement. If this happens and you don’t notice right away, the tank will continue to fill automatically, causing more and more water to leak out.
Maintain energy efficiency: Your hot water heater is responsible for about 15% of your household energy use. You want to make sure it’s running as efficiently as possible or you could be wasting energy and paying for it! Flushing your tank of sediment build-up will extend the life of your hot water heater and improve its efficiency. Learn how to flush a hot water heater.
Keep it operating properly: Running out of hot water faster than you used to? Have lower than normal water pressure? Have a hard time maintaining good water temperature in the bathroom, kitchen or even in appliances? Preventative hot water tank maintenance will ensure you have plenty of hot water when you need it.
What’s involved with regular hot water heater maintenance?
Plumbing and heating companies will offer preventative maintenance and repairs for your hot water heater. During an inspection, they will check all the plumbing going into the hot water tank, including the cold and hot water supply, and ensure it’s in good working order. They’ll check for issues with the pressure-relief valve before opening it to give your tank a flush and free it from harmful sediments.
They will also check the gas supply lines and that the entire system is working properly and safely. If they find issues with any component of your hot water heater, they will recommend repairs and complete them for you before a larger issue arises. In some cases, they might find corrosion in your tank and recommend a replacement. Hot water tanks typically need to be replaced every 7 to 10 years.
Plumbers in Vancouver
Bromac Mechanical is a full-service plumbing and heating company that operates out of Abbotsford, BC, serving the Lower Mainland area. Bromac is always ready to offer plumbing and heating solutions and is willing to go above and beyond to serve their customers. Their services include: